Hackers Breach EA, Claim to Have Stolen Company Source Code


In a forum post, hackers claimed to have stolen 780GB of data from Electronics Arts, including the source code for FIFA 21 and the Frostbite game engine.

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Hackers have breached Electronic Arts, publisher of Battlefield, Mass Effect and FIFA.

EA confirmed the breach on Thursday after Vice reported that hackers were allegedly selling the company’s stolen computer code in an online forum.

“We are investigating a recent incident of intrusion into our network where a limited amount of game source code and related tools were stolen,” an EA spokesperson said. “No player data was accessed, and we have no reason to believe there is any risk to player privacy.”

EA said it does not expect the infringement to affect any game or its business. Still, Vice reported that the hackers claimed to have stolen 780GB of data, including the company’s Frostbite gaming engine and the source code for FIFA 21.

A forum post advertising the stolen code said the hackers gained access to FIFA 21’s matchmaking servers, the software framework for “several proprietary EA games” and API keys for the upcoming FIFA 22 game.

“You have full potential to be exploited on all EA services,” the forum post claims without elaborating. As evidence, the post links to screenshots of the stolen files, and provides an internal email EA sent to Denuvo, an anti-tampering provider. The hackers behind the sale are asking interested buyers to contact them for a price.

In response to the breach, EA said it has already beefed up its IT security. “We are actively working with law enforcement officials and other experts as part of this ongoing criminal investigation,” a company spokesperson said.

The breach echoes a ransomware attack on game developer CD Projekt Red, which also led to the theft of company data. Reportedly, the same stolen data has started leaking on the forums.

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